Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Very Witching Hour...

It was the Very Witching Hour of night.

The sky grew darker & darker, as one-by-one the stars winked out their light.

Driving clouds obscured the moon from sight.

I'm always on a quest for the best version of a track. Performers often record several versions of a song, and usually there's one that is considered the best one. There are some that are downright dogs.

Drives me crazy to pick up an album of classics from the 60's or something, that says 'By the original artists!' in huge letters, only to find out yeah, it's the original artists allright.. only they re-recorded the songs in the '80's along with some horrid-quality synthesizer.

But I digress....

Bing Crosby, for instance, sang a version of 'The Headless Horseman'. Bing also provided the narration, and another version of that song, in Disney's classic animated film 'The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.'

I've come to the conclusion that the version in the cartoon is Bing's best version of that song.

Click here for the version from the cartoon. mp3, 192kbps

Labels: ,


Blogger Azathoth said...

That's the version I've always thought was the best too! The fact I was first exposed to the song from watching the cartoon back in the glory days when it used to air on tv repeatedly all month long probably has something to do with it.

Thanks for posting it!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I always thought the Kay Starr version was better, because it's livelier, but I like this one with the opening narration and the sound effects. Thanks for sharing it!

8:54 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home